Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Resource Institute (PERI), has co-authored the new book “Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet,” with Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and professor of linguistics emeritus at MIT and one of the world’s leading public intellectuals.
The new book, now available from publisher Verso Books, maps out the catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change and presents what the authors say is a realistic blueprint for change: the Green New Deal.
Together, Pollin and Chomsky outline the possible ramifications of what is forecast to be a hotter planet – that vast stretches of the Earth will become uninhabitable, plagued by extreme weather, drought, rising seas and crop failure. They argue against what they call a misplaced fear of economic disaster and unemployment arising from the transition to a green economy, showing how this false concern actually encourages climate denialism.
Pollin and Chomsky warn that humanity must stop burning fossil fuels within the next 30 years, and do so in a way that improves living standards and opportunities for working people. This, they say, is the goal of the Green New Deal and they argue such a goal is entirely feasible.
“We have to get to net zero emissions in no less than 30 years, and capitalism is still going to be around then. So we have to think about ways through which we can incentivize this transition that will also be egalitarian, in the sense that it will open up opportunities for small-scale enterprises,” Pollin said in a recent interview with Vox. “It’s going to generate jobs, and we have to make sure those are good jobs, union jobs. There will be jobs lost in the fossil fuel sector, so we have to create a just transition. But that’s all within the institutions of capitalism.”
“The project that is the Green New Deal is enriched by the insights of two great minds: those of Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin,” economist Ann Pettifor, author of “The Case for The Green New Deal,” says of the new book. “Both understand that the GND will fail if it does not protect the jobs and livelihoods of the working class. They explain how a transformation needed to restore the ecosystem can, and will transform the organizations and lives of working people worldwide—for the better.”
“Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal” is available now directly from Verso Books, and at booksellers nationally.